HistorySue Zschoche, Chair
University Distinguished Professor Linder; Professors Frey, Hamscher, Holl, McCulloh, and Mrozek; Associate Professors Breen, Graff, Lynn-Sherow, Parillo, Ramsay, Sherow, Stone, Williams, and Zschoche; Assistant Professors Maner and Sanders; Emeriti: Crawford, Ferguson, Gray, Higham, Page, Socolofsky, and Wilcoxon.
The history program appeals not only to majors but to all students seeking a rewarding educational experience. The curriculum includes courses in traditional and nontraditional fields of interest taught by a nationally respected faculty willing to try new and innovative teaching techniques. A program of speakers, seminars, colloquia, and films supplements the curriculum to stimulate student interest in the discipline of history and how it is expressed.
Undergraduate advisors in the history department maintain up-to-date information regarding requirements of graduate and professional schools and relevant course offerings in history and other departments.
I. Survey courses: 6 hours
1. At least two courses, 500 level or above, with a primary chronological emphasis prior to 1800.
2. At least one course, 300 level or above, from each of the following areas: U.S., European, and non-western.
Students are urged to consult with advisors and other faculty members in order to develop programs that best suit their interests and needs. Students are encouraged to develop an area of concentration with their 500-level courses. These areas might involve a geographical focus (U.S., Europe, non-western) or a topical emphasis (such as military history, agricultural history, religious history, women's history, and so on).
Double majors and teacher certification
Students majoring in history may also prepare for teacher certification in social studies at the secondary level. They must meet the same requirements as students earning double majors (30 hours in history with the modified requirements above). They should select their courses in consultation with advisors in both the history department and the College of Education to ensure that they meet the requirements of both programs. (See the College of Education section of this catalog for social science certification requirements.)
Advanced program in history
A student selecting this option must enroll prior to his or her senior year and meet the following minimum requirements:
Write a senior thesis (6 hours credit over one or two semesters);
Pass an oral examination over a specific body of historical knowledge, the scope of which will be defined by the student in consultation with the faculty committee;
Enroll in 30 hours of history courses (24 hours for double majors and teacher education students) including the Junior Seminar to be selected by the student in consultation with the faculty committee. Students are encouraged to supplement regular course offerings with tutorial instruction.
HIST 101. Western Civilization: The Rise of Europe. (3) I, II, S. Major trends in Western history from the beginnings of European civilization to the end of the seventeenth century. The scope of this course includes classical antiquity, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Reformation, and early modern Europe, but chronological and topical emphases vary with individual sections. Required of all majors in history. Pr.: Not open to juniors and seniors except with consent of instructor.
HIST 102. Western Civilization: The Modern Era. (3) I, II, S. Principal developments in Western civilization from the beginning of the eighteenth century to the present. The scope of the course includes the Enlightenment, the French Revolution, the Industrial Revolution, nationalism, imperialism, communism, fascism, and the two world wars, but chronological and topical emphases vary with individual sections. Required of all history majors. Pr.: Not open to juniors and seniors except with consent of instructor.
HIST 103. Overseas European Studies. (2-3) Intersession only, in alternate years. Selected aspects of European history and culture with readings, lectures, and discussions which will relate historical events to places visited.
HIST 111. World History to 1450. (3) Major developments in the history of the world from the earliest civilizations to the eve of European expansion in the fifteenth century. Comparison of key trends and conditions in different parts of the world. Topics include the agricultural revolution, the birth of the city, the formation of states and empires, and the emergence of world religions.
HIST 112. World History From 1450. (3) Major trends in the history of the world from the 15th century to the present. Global patterns of contact, mutual influence, and interdependence.
HIST 200. Topics in History for Freshmen and Sophomores. (1-3) In alternate years. Exploration of the historical dimensions of a particular topic or theme. Topics vary. May be repeated once.
HIST 222. Western Warfare Since 1618. (3) Introductory survey that uses a ``battles and leaders'' component as a starting point to engender a deeper understanding of the development of Western military practices and institutions as well as greater insight into the evolution of Western society and the nation-state in modern times.
HIST 250. Russian Culture and Civilization. (3) I, in alternate years. Russia's past and present in the light of principle ideologies with emphasis upon fine arts, literature, music, religion, politics, and education. Equal time will be given to the Tsarist and the Soviet periods. Knowledge of Russian language is not required. Same as MLANG 250.
HIST 251. History of the United States to 1877. (3) Includes ethnic, social, military, political, economic, diplomatic, and ideological themes. The chronological emphasis varies with instructor. The aim of the course is to achieve a broad understanding of American civilization to 1877.
HIST 252. History of the United States Since 1877. (3) Ethnic, social, political, economic, and diplomatic history. The goal of the course is to achieve a broad understanding of American civilization since 1877.
HIST 297. Honors Introduction to the Humanities I. (3) I. Study of selected major works of history, literature, and philosophy which have been of central importance in the Western cultural tradition. Considerable emphasis is placed on classroom discussion and writing interpretive essays. Limited to entering freshmen students. Pr.: Consent of instructor. Same as ENGL 297, MLANG 297, PHILO 297.
HIST 303. Latin American History and Civilization. (3) Introduces the history of Latin America from the earliest times to the present. Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Mexico, and Peru will receive special attention. Themes treated will include race and ethnicity, cultural survival, revolution and authoritarianism, women and family, and the role of economic development in Latin American history.
HIST 330. History of East Asian Civilizations. (3) II. East Asian history from earliest times to the present. Social structures, beliefs, and values during key periods of Chinese and Japanese history. Major developments in religion, philosophy, literature, and the arts.
HIST 399. Honors Seminar in History. (3) Selected topics in history. May be repeated once for credit. Pr.: Membership in honors program or consent of instructor.
HIST 498. Senior Thesis. (3-6) I, II, S. May be repeated once to a maximum of 6 hours credit. Pr.: Senior standing.
HIST 499. Senior Honors Thesis in History. (2) I, II, S. Open only to seniors in the arts and sciences honors program.
HIST 503. Overseas European Studies. (2-3) Intersession only, in alternate years. Selected aspects of European history and culture with reading, lectures, and discussions which will relate historical events to the places visited. Pr.: Sophomore standing.
HIST 505. South Asian Civilizations. (3) I, in even years. Interdisciplinary survey of the development of civilization in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan, including geography, philosophy, social, economic, political institutions, and historical movements. Pr.: 3 hours of social science or junior standing. Same as ECON 505, POLSC 505, SOCIO 505, ANTH 505, GEOG 505.
HIST 506. Modern India and South Asia . (3) The history of India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh since 1500, beginning with Moghul rule and continuing through European colonialism, the anti-imperial struggle, and the troubled transition to independence.
HIST 507. China Since 1644. (3) I, in even years. China from the founding of the Manchu Qing dynasty to the present. Includes the western imperialist challenge in the nineteenth century, the Revolution of 1949, and the post-Mao Reforms. Emphasis on social, political, and intellectual changes in the context of increasing contact with western nations and Japan. Pr.: Sophomore standing.
HIST 508. Introduction to Modern East Asia. (3) In alternate years. The history of China, Japan, and surrounding countries including the arrival of Europeans in the sixteenth century, reactions to Western imperialism, the rise of nationalism, and revolution. The impact of the two world wars, the era of post war developments, communism in China, democracy in Japan, and the end of Western colonialism are also examined. Pr.: Sophomore standing.
HIST 509. Japan Since 1550. (3) I, in alternate years. Japan from reunification in the sixteenth century through the Tokugawa and Imperial eras to the postwar recovery. Emphasis on understanding modern Japan as the product of traditional culture, the Meiji Restoration, and World War II. Pr.: Sophomore standing.
HIST 510. World War I. (3) I, in alternate years. Examines the origins, events and consequences of the ``war to end all wars.'' The impact and influence of the war on colonialism, imperialism, and popular culture will be discussed. Pr.: Sophomore standing.
HIST 511. Environmental History. (3) I, in alternate years. An introduction to environmental history as an academic specialization through selected reading and topical lectures. The course emphasizes the study of people in nature through time; it stresses people's response to environmental change through three broadly defined periods: pre-industrial, modern industrial, and contemporary. Pr.: Sophomore standing.
HIST 512. Women in European History. (3) I, in alternate years. A study of women in primitive European societies, in preindustrial times, and in the industrial era. Emphasis will be upon the position and role of women within the society. Pr.: Sophomore standing.
HIST 513. Battles and Leaders. (3) I, in alternate years. The course will emphasize military organization, tactics and strategy, generalship and grand strategy, manpower and logistics, and the wartime ramifications of war on land, at sea, and in the air. Pr.: Sophomore standing.
HIST 514. World War II. (3) I, in alternate years. Origins, conduct, and consequence of World War II. Films from the TV series ``The World at War'' form an integral part of the course. Pr.: Sophomore standing.
HIST 515. History of Sport. (3) In alternate years. The historical development of sport (especially in Europe and North America) including the growth of competition, the rise of mass spectator sports, elitism, and the changing function of sport. History of sport as business and history of the relationship between sport and other institutions. Same as KIN 515. Pr.: Sophomore standing.
HIST 516. History of Science I. (3) I, in alternate years. Scientific activity and thought from antiquity to the end of the sixteenth century, with emphasis on Greek, late medieval, and Renaissance science. No background in science required. Pr.: Sophomore standing.
HIST 517. History of Science II. (3) II, in alternate years. Science in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, with emphasis on Galileo, Newton, philosophies of science, scientific societies, and developments in the physical, biological, and earth sciences, including the relations of science with technology, medicine, religion, exploration, and the enlightenment. No background in science required. Pr.: Sophomore standing.
HIST 518. Science in the Modern Age. (3) I, in alternate years. Science since the eighteenth century, including major developments in the physical, biological, and earth sciences, and the relations of science to scientific societies, technology, medicine, exploration, religion, and archaeology. No background in science required. Pr.: Sophomore standing.
HIST 519. Science in America. (3) I, in alternate years. A survey of American science from the colonial era to the present, with special attention to the historical context and the role of institutions and government. Some attention to the social problems faced by scientists and their responses to them. Pr.: Sophomore standing.
HIST 520. Death and Dying in History. (3) I, II, in alternate years. Examines European and American attitudes toward death and dying in various historical periods. Topics include: death and dying in the European Middle Ages and in nineteenth and twentieth century America, the impact of the Nazi Holocaust on modern opinions about death, suicide as a historical problem, the fear of cancer in modern times, and others. Pr.: Sophomore standing.
HIST 521. History of Christianity. (3) I, in alternate years. A history of the Christian religion from the era of Jesus Christ to the present with special emphasis on people and ideas. Pr.: Sophomore standing.
HIST 522. Religion in American History. (3) II, in alternate years. A study of the impact of religion on American culture and of American culture on religion, the Social Gospel and related issues, and the interrelationship of Christianity and politics. Pr.: Sophomore standing.
HIST 523. A History of the Occult and Witchcraft. (3) In alternate years. A study of the history of the occult and witchcraft in Western civilization with special attention to religious, intellectual, and social issues and influences. Pr.: Sophomore standing.
HIST 524. The History of Baseball in American Culture. (3) In alternate years. The history of baseball from its origins in the early nineteenth century to the present, with emphasis on the major leagues and their collateral organizations but also with attention to semi-pro and amateur baseball and to the Old Negro Leagues. The history of the game will be examined in the context of American history with special reference to social issues, politics, religion, literature, music, and the media. Pr.: Sophomore standing.
HIST 525. Colonial America. (3) In alternate years. About 1450 to 1763. Includes the European background of North American colonization, the rivalry for new world empire, seventeenth century English colonial foundations, and development of the various colonial societies. Pr.: Sophomore standing.
HIST 526. The American Revolution. (3) In alternate years. Eighteenth century colonial background of the Revolution and the revolutionary era itself, 1763-1789. Stresses ideological and other causes of the Revolution, the course of the war, its social results, the Confederation and its demise. Pr.: Sophomore standing.
HIST 527. The Early National Period. (3) In alternate years. Foundations of the new nation from the adoption of the Constitution to the conclusion of the War of 1812, approximately 1789-1815. Stresses the contest between Hamiltonians and Jeffersonians for philosophical dominance of institutions; other topics include diplomacy, westward expansion, military developments, the social and intellectual life of the era. Pr.: Sophomore standing.
HIST 528. America in the Age of Jackson. (3) In alternate years. A survey of the age of Jackson, opening with Jackson's election as America's seventh president in 1828 and closing in 1850 as the tumultuous debates over the expansion of slavery tear the country apart. Pr.: Sophomore standing.
HIST 529. Civil War and Reconstruction. (3) I, in alternate years. 1848-1877. Examination of the sectional controversy, the failure of the political system to resolve peacefully the conflict between North and South, the resort to arms, the nature of the post-war settlement. Emphasis is on the attempt of mid-nineteenth-century American leaders to deal with the complex problems of slavery and race. Pr.: Sophomore standing.
HIST 530. United States in the 19th Century. (3) In alternate years. Explores the history of the United Sates during the 19th century and traces the transition of the country from a fragile, uncertain republic to a robust imperial power standing in the first rank of the world's nations. Pr.: Sophomore standing.
HIST 531. The United States in the Twentieth Century. (3) In alternate years. Examines the creation of modern America, 1890 to the present. Emphasis on the social and cultural roots, and political consequences, of Progressivism, World War I, the Great Depression, World War II, the Sixties, and Post-Vietnam America. Pr.: Sophomore standing.
HIST 532. History of American Criminology and Penology. (3) II, in alternate years. The course traces the history of American criminology and penology from colonial times to the present, including the origins of criminology in the Enlightenment, the rise of the penitentiary, nineteenth- and twentieth-century prison reform, the invention of juvenile delinquency, the evolution of criminology from the classical and positive schools to the present, the rise and fall of the medical treatment model for criminals, crime and punishment of women and minorities, the relationship between prisons and schools as institutions of social control, and the debate over capital punishment in America. Pr.: Sophomore standing.
HIST 533. Topics in the History of the Americas. (1-3) In alternate years. Provides instructor and students the opportunity to investigate in detail a particular theme, event, or problem in the history of North, Central, or South America. Topics vary. May be repeated for credit. Pr.: Sophomore standing.
HIST 534. Social History of Medicine. (3) In alternate years. An exploration of the development of American social thought and practices regarding health care from colonial times to the present. The course stresses changing cultural attitudes toward disease as well as alterations in social practices and institutions related to healing. Special emphasis is given to the institutional development and professionalization of modern medicine. Pr.: Sophomore standing.
HIST 535. Science and Religion in America. (3) II, in alternate years. Explores the interaction between scientific thought and religious belief in America from colonial times to the present. Major topics considered include the European background to the American experience; the Puritan outlook on scientific thought in the colonial period; the American enlightenment and revival experience; the reception of evolutionary thought and the rise of social Darwinism; the impact of social science and the social gospel; the relationship between science and fundamentalism in the twentieth century; and the new physics and new cosmology. Pr.: Sophomore standing.
HIST 536. The American West. (3) I, in alternate years. Primary emphasis on the nineteenth century when Americans were rapidly spreading across the continent. Also examines the earlier developments of the frontier and considers the twentieth century role of the trans-Mississippi region. Pr.: Sophomore standing.
HIST 537. History of the Indians of North America. (3) In alternate years. A discussion of Indian-white relations from 1492 to the present. Special emphasis given to federal government policy and the cultural decline of the native people of North America. Also includes an examination of Indian reservations and urban Indians.
HIST 539. African-American History. (3) In alternate years. An overview of the African-American experience from the seventeenth century through the civil rights movement. Emphasizes social, legal, economic, political, and intellectual aspects of black history as well as African- American contributions to American life and culture. Pr.: Sophomore standing.
HIST 540. Women in America, 1600 to the Civil War. (3) II, in alternate years. An overview of the history of American women from the beginning of the European colonization to the Civil War. Women's changing social role and its relation to the major transformations in American culture and society during this period is stressed. Special emphasis is given to ethnic, racial, and class variations among women. Pr.: Sophomore standing.
HIST 542. Women in America, Civil War to the Present. (3) II, in alternate years. An overview of the history of American women from the end of the Civil War to the present. Examines women's changing role in modern industrial society with special emphasis upon the women's rights movement of both the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Pr.: Sophomore standing.
HIST 543. The United States and World Affairs, 1776- Present. (3) I, in alternate years. History of U.S. foreign policy since 1776. Stresses the continuity and intellectual foundations of foreign policy. Emphasizes territorial and foreign commercial expansion and America's response to war and revolution in the twentieth century. Pr.: Sophomore standing.
HIST 545. War in the Twentieth Century. (3) In alternate years. Considers the military theory and practice, the technology, and the political and ideological constraints of World Wars I and II, the Spanish Civil War, the Korean War, and the Indochinese wars. Students are to gain an understanding of the varieties of military experience in the twentieth century, including civil wars, ``total war,'' and guerrilla warfare. Pr.: Sophomore standing.
HIST 546. History of American Military Affairs. (3) In alternate years. Deals with the development of military institutions in colonial America and the United States, civil-military relations and conflicts between political constraints and strategic demands, popular attitudes toward the military, and the rise of the military-industrial complex. Pr.: Sophomore standing.
HIST 551. History of Family Violence. (3) Intersession only. Explores the history of family violence in America as a social, cultural, legal, and public policy issue from colonial times to the present. Stress is placed upon the cultural roots and evolution of domestic law. The development of state-controlled social welfare agencies as well as the emergence of the ``battered women's movement'' is particularly emphasized. Pr.: Sophomore standing.
HIST 553. History of American Culture. (3) II, in alternate years. Main emphasis is on political, religious, and social thought and ideology, 1620 to present. Pr.: Sophomore standing.
HIST 554. History of the South. (3) II, in alternate years. Topical analysis of important issues in Southern history. Compares the plantation myth of popular films with interpretations by important historians. Emphasis on plantation agriculture, slavery, race relations, class, and gender in the Old South. Post-Civil War topics include federal Reconstruction efforts, segregation, economic reform, and the modern Civil Rights movement. Pr.: Sophomore standing.
HIST 555. American Constitutional History. (3) II, in alternate years. Survey of constitutional and legal development from colonial times to the present. English constitutional ideas and the common law in the American colonies, formation of the Constitution, the role of the Supreme Court, development of the modern American legal system, growth of the legal profession, the problem of civil liberties. The course offers insight into the relationship of constitutional-legal institutions to American society. Pr.: Sophomore standing.
HIST 556. Bill of Rights in American History. (3) This course provides a topical survey of the American Bill of Righs from the colonial era to the present. It begins with the origins of American rights in England and colonial America. An analysis of the need for a Bill of Rights at the founding and Supreme Court interpretations in 1835 and during the Reconstruction era follow. The bulk of the course is concerned with the nationalization and expansion of the Bill of Rights in the twentieth century and its meaning in the everyday lives of American citizens. Pr.: Sophomore standing.
HIST 557. History of American Agriculture. (3) In alternate years. Concentrates on the period since 1850 in an attempt to acquaint the student with the political and economic history of American agriculture. No attempt will be made to present the scientific or technological side of agriculture in detail, but agriculture will be shown in relation to the life of the entire United States. The life of the farmer and his family, the relationship between agricultural changes and other parts of the economy will be part of this course. Special attention will be paid to agriculture in Kansas and the Great Plains. Pr.: Sophomore standing.
HIST 558. History of Kansas. (3) I, II. Land, people, and cultural developments in Kansas, from the earliest written records to the present. Provides the student with an intimate understanding of the state of Kansas. Pr.: Sophomore standing.
HIST 560. Latin American Nations. (3) In alternate years. Survey of economic, social, and political developments of the Latin American nations from independence to the present decade with emphasis on Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Chile, and Mexico. Stresses reform and revolution of the last 50 years. Pr.: Sophomore standing.
HIST 561. Colonial Hispanic America. (3) In alternate years. Iberian and indigenous American background, exploration, conquest, settlement, and development of Latin America. Stresses growth of mestizo culture, colonial styles of living, and wars of independence. Pr.: Sophomore standing.
HIST 562. Modern Mexico. (3) In alternate years. Brief survey of lines of national development, 1821-1910, and major emphasis on the twentieth-century revolution and its reforms (1910-1940) as well as its subsequent implications. Pr.: Sophomore standing.
HIST 563. Topics in Comparative History. (1-3) In alternate years. Investigation in detail of a particular theme, event, or problem in comparative history. Topics vary. May be repeated once for credit. Pr.: Sophomore standing.
HIST 565. History and Culture of Greece. (3) In alternate years. The rise of civilization in the ancient Near East, the migrations of the Greeks and the Heroic Age, the Greek city-states, commerce and colonization, the Persian invasion, Athens' leadership of Greece, the war between Athens and Sparta, Alexander the Great, and the total Hellenic achievement. Pr.: Sophomore standing.
HIST 566. History and Culture of Rome. (3) In alternate years. Examines the various theories of Rome's origin, the causes, problems, and influences upon the republican government, political and economic problems of Roman expansion, and the Roman world. Various reforms including those of the Gracchi, Caesar, and Augustus. Contact with Greece and the older areas of civilization. The Roman imperial system, the many causes of Rome's fall, and Rome's role as a synthesizer of the ancient classical culture. Pr.: Sophomore standing.
HIST 567. Europe in the Middle Ages. (3) In alternate years. Europe from the fall of the Roman Empire to the thirteenth century. Investigates the conflict and interaction of Roman, Christian, and Germanic ideals and attitudes in the early Middle Ages, and the increasing complexity and sophistication of society, culture, religion, and government of the high Middle Ages. Pr.: Sophomore standing.
HIST 568. The Renaissance. (3) In alternate years. The Italian Renaissance as a major phase in the history of Western civilization and its spread to northern Europe. Pr.: Sophomore standing.
HIST 569. The Reformation. (3) In alternate years. A study of the Protestant, Catholic, and Radical Reformations with special attention to Luther, Calvin, the origins of the Church of England and the Presbyterian Church, the Anabaptists, the Puritans, and Roman Catholic Reform, and the impact of religious developments on the political, economic, social, and intellectual history of the Western world. Covers the period from approximately 1500 to 1660. Pr.: Sophomore standing.
HIST 570. Europe in the Seventeenth Century. (3) I. In alternate years. Surveys the economic, social, political and intellectual history of western Europe in the seventeenth century, a period marked by economic depression, international conflict, and domestic revolutions as well as by cultural achievement. Emphasizes the complex interaction among social groups; the rise of a European state system; the development of constitutional monarchy in England and absolute monarchy in France; and the change in values generated by the scientific revolution. Pr.: Sophomore standing.
HIST 571. Revolutionary Europe. (3) In alternate years. Europe from the death of Louis XIV in 1715 to the fall of Napoleon in 1815. The origins and development of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic legacy, also examines reform and counter-revolutionary movements in England, Italy, Russia, Poland, and the Germanies. Pr.: Sophomore standing.
HIST 572. Nineteenth Century Europe. (3) In alternate years. The history of Europe from the French Revolution to the end of the first World War. Major topics covered will include the rise of conservatism as an ideology and its application in practice, the nature of liberalism and socialism, the impact of science and technology, the origins and course of World War I. Pr.: Sophomore standing.
HIST 573. Twentieth Century Europe. (3) In alternate years. Examines the political, social, and intellectual developments of Europe in the period of the two world wars. Emphasis on the failure of democracy and the rise of competing antidemocratic and nondemocratic mass movements and ideologies. The course will also deal with the attempted system of collective security, its failure, and the origins and course of World War II. Pr.: Sophomore standing.
HIST 574. Europe since World War II. (3) In alternate years. Postwar European society, politics, economy, and culture. The effects of total war on the population; restoration and reconstruction. The influence of the U.S. and U.S.S.R. on Europe. Capitalism, socialism, and communism in technological society. European unity movements and their conflicts with traditional values.
HIST 576. European International Relations to 1815. (3) In alternate years. The nature, evolution, and function of the diplomatic system for the Ancient World to 1815. Analyzes the Greek and Roman diplomatic tradition, international relations during the Medieval, Renaissance, and Early Modern periods, and the works of various theorists. Sophomore standing.
HIST 577. European International Relations Since 1815. (3) II, in alternate years. The nature, evolution, and functions of the European diplomatic system from 1815 to the present. Focuses on the Vienna settlement, the Eastern Question, the Crimean War, Italian and German unification, origins of World War I, international developments between the two world wars, the cold war, and the post-cold war era. Includes analysis of major theorists. Sophomore standing.
HIST 578. Central Europe, 1500-1914. (3) In alternate years. The diplomatic, military, political, cultural, and social aspects of the Hapsburg empire in Central Europe from its foundation to its dissolution in the twentieth century. Pr.: Sophomore standing.
HIST 579. The British Isles to 1603. (3) In alternate years. English, Scottish, and Irish culture in the medieval and pre-modern periods. Early folk societies, feudalism, the church in society and politics, the origins of representative institutions and the religious reformations are studied topically. Pr.: Sophomore standing.
HIST 580. The British Isles Since 1603. (3) In alternate years. English society and politics in modern times with reference also to Scotland and Ireland. Emphasis on topics such as the three orders of society (king, lords, and commons), the churches and religion, the appearance of parliamentary sovereignty, the industrial revolution, and the extension of democratic institutions. Pr.: Sophomore standing.
HIST 582. Eastern Europe Since 1914. (3) The growth of nationalism, the formation of nation-states after World War I, the devastation of World War II, the establishment of Soviet rule, the dramatic revolutions of 1989, and Yugoslavia's ethnic wars. Pr.: Sophomore standing.
HIST 583. History of France, 1400-1715. (3) In alternate years. France from the conclusion of the Hundred Years War to the death of Louis XIV. French economy, society, and royal administration, and the changes generated in these areas by significant events: the Reformation and the Wars of Religion; the rise of France to world power; peasant uprisings and constitutional crisis; and the reforms of Richelieu, Colbert, and Louis XIV. Trends in art, architecture, and philosophy. Pr.: Sophomore standing.
HIST 584. History of France since 1715. (3) In alternate years. France from the death of Louis XIV to the present. The impact of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic system on the agrarian economy and aristocratic society of the eighteenth century; the evolution of liberalism, socialism, and colonialism; the development of parliamentary democracy and the impact of the Industrial Revolution; the French response to the devastation of World War I, the humiliation of World War II, and the colonial wars of the De Gaulle era. Pr.: Sophomore standing.
HIST 585. Medieval Religion and Politics. (3) In alternate years. The interrelationship of religion and politics from the late Roman Empire to the Conciliar Epoch. Christianity in the Roman Empire and the barbarian kingdoms, the development of royal theocracy, the rise of the papacy, the conflict of church and state, the secularization of government, the Avignon papacy, the Great Schism, and conciliarism. Pr.: Sophomore standing.
HIST 586. Advanced Seminar in History. (3) I, II. An undergraduate seminar that focuses on the intellectual principles of the historical discipline as well as the fundamental research techniques and writing skills used by historians. Each section of the seminar will center on a particular topic or historical problem. The students will prepare a research project pertinent to the seminar topic. All history majors must take this seminar to complete the requirements for their degree. Pr.: Six hours of history courses at or above the 500 level.
HIST 587. Nineteenth-Century Imperial Germany. (3) In alternate years. Central Europe in the French Revolutionary era, the revolutions of 1848, German unification, imperial Germany, emphasizing social changes, especially the transition from agrarian to industrial society. Pr.: Sophomore standing.
HIST 588. Rise and Fall of Nazi Germany. (3) In alternate years. Examines the political, social, economic, and intellectual developments in Germany from World War I to the end of World War II. The establishment of the Weimar republic, the nature of its democratic system, the flourishing of cultural activities and the attack on democratic theory and practice leading to the establishment of a totalitarian dictatorship. National Socialism and its leader and alternative interpretations of National Socialism. Pr.: Sophomore standing.
HIST 591. The Russian Empire. (3) I, in alternate years. Imperial Russia from the earliest Slavic tribes through 1881, with emphasis on Russia's heritage as a multi-ethnic state and the phenomenon of Russia's revolutionary intellectuals. Pr.: Sophomore standing.
HIST 592. Twentieth-Century Russia. (3) II, in alternate years. The turbulent history of modern Russia, including the upheaval of the Russian Revolution and Civil War, Stalin's transformation of Soviet society, World War II, failed attempts to transform the Soviet system, and the fall of the Soviet Union. Pr.: Sophomore standing.
HIST 593. The Vietnam War. (3) In alternate years. This course examines the origins, actions and consequences of the Indochina wars fought by the French, Japanese, and Americans during the last century. Particular emphasis is placed on America's experience in Southeast Asia. Videos from the PBS series: ``Vietnam; A Television History,'' are used in the course. Pr.: Sophomore standing.
HIST 596. Holocaust: The Destruction of the European Jews. (3) I, in alternate years. Analysis of the attempts by the National Socialist government of Germany to exterminate the Jewish population of Europe. Major issues discussed will include: nineteenth-century antidemocratic and antisemitic movements; Hitler's concept of antisemitism and personal sources of Hitler's genocidal policy; evolution of the genocidal policy and its implementation; Jewish resistance and collaboration; long-range consequences of the Holocaust. Pr.: Sophomore standing.
HIST 597. Topics in European History. (1-3) In alternate years. Provides instructor and students the opportunity to investigate in detail a particular theme, event, or problem in European history. Topics vary. May be repeated for credit. Pr.: Sophomore standing.
HIST 598. Topics in Non-Western History. (1-3) On sufficient demand. Provides instructor and students the opportunity to investigate in detail a particular theme, event, or problem in non-Western history. Topics vary. May be repeated for credit. Pr.: Sophomore standing.
HIST 650. Internship in History. (3) I, II, S. Practical professional experience involving at least three weeks in an archive, museum, historical library, or business. Student projects must be approved in advance and a report submitted at the end of the work period. May be repeated once for credit. Pr.: Junior standing.
HIST 703. Overseas European Studies. (2-3) Intersession only, in alternate years. Short-term, intensive, and in-depth study of various aspects of European history and culture with readings, lectures, discussions, and on-the-spot experiences which will relate historical events to the places visited. Pr.: Senior or graduate standing.
HIST 798. Readings in History. (1-3) Students will read on a central theme, attend weekly discussions, and write a final report.
HIST 799. Problems in History. (Var.) Intensive study of a particular phase of history. Students will attend weekly discussions and write a major research paper on their findings.